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November 19, 2010



Thanks, Doc!

My job--editing recordings for the blind for a Library of Congress program--has me daily obsessed with pronunciation.

I and my colleagues are used to a general public, and even academic specialists, who do not really pay attention to questions of pronunciation. Even a book's author, sometimes, will not really know the proper way to pronounce his own characters' names. It is funny: in our culture we are so used to seeing names on the page and not really ever hearing them that our sense of sound and pronunciation has atrophied. We have put it on the back burner. We don't really care about pronunciation.

With plays, of course, the issue is doubly important: these words are written to be pronounced. But the historical vicissitudes you allude to compound the difficulty.

In any case, thanks for your considered answer on this. Your choice seems like a good one.

Brings up a question, though: how would a company doing a production of Othello decide on a pronunciation of Antres?

Anyway, thanks!

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